Stanley Ersoff, former president for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA), who bred and raced the grade 1 winner Charon, passed away earlier in the week. Ersoff was 81.
A 1961 graduate from the University of Miami Law School, Ersoff bred and owned Charon. A daughter of Mo Exception whom Ersoff purchased for $800 while being carried by the mare Double Wiggle, Charon won seven of 16 races including the 1990 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), Black-Eyed Susan (G2), Bonnie Miss (G2) and Forward Gal (G3). Trained by 76-year-old Eugene Navarro, Charon returned in 1991 to win the Rampart (G2) and finish second in the Apple Blossom (G2).
Ersoff also campaigned Youmadeyourpoint. Purchased by Ersoff's Triple E Farm for $8,000, Youmadeyourpoint won the 1990 Canadian Turf Handicap (G2) and Gulfstream Park Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap (G3). Ersoff also bred the multiple graded stakes winner Band Is Passing, who won the 2000 Appleton Handicap (G2) and 2001 Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) and Miami Mile Breeders' Cup (G3).
Current FTBOA President Brent Fernung noted that Ersoff was a valuable leader in the industry. He said, "He was a really nice guy, he will be missed. Stanley was at the helm of the association when a number of legislative measures key to the industry were passed starting with changes in (workers') compensation in 1993, full card simulcasting in 1996, and the establishment of a sales medication reporting policy in 1998."